Information Technology Partners with the Campus to “GO GREEN”

Energy StarInformation Technology Division Sustainability Initiatives

Information Technology has been working toward a more sustainable environment for many years. This might be most visible by the savings on electric bills; however, IT takes sustainability seriously across the division. Team IT has been responsible for greatly reducing the number of production servers by utilizing new virtual technology to accomplish the same tasks. We've also been purchasing networked projectors to enable automatic shut down and monitor maintenance more carefully, which helps improve equipment efficiency. Most recently, we've participated in a program whereby blown projector bulbs are returned for relamping and proper handling of the mercury contained in each bulb.

Rollout 2008: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Our most ambitious sustainable effort to date has been accomplished through Rollout 2008. You may be aware that for the past two replacement cycles, IT has replaced nearly 100% of the Windows computers across campus through an intense summer implementation termed "Rollout". Beginning early in the planning stages for Rollout 2008, IT staff have communicated with and closely collaborated with vendors, NYSERDA, and members of campus, and especially utilized expertise of the Sustainability Coordinator, to achieve our goal for the most energy efficient and sustainable computer rollout at St. Lawrence yet.

As part of this process, IT staff provided sustainability guidelines to the vendors with whom we were negotiating very early on. To achieve ultimate success, IT has developed a combination of software settings and hardware selections, and provided education campus wide to inform the community of these efforts. Please find below a brief outline of the strategies used to accomplish Rollout 2008:

  1. Reduce inventory by implementing the "one computer per employee per office" standard
    • Reduce cost
    • Maximize resources
    • Minimize waste
  2. Utilize alternative computer equipment packaging
    • Provide multi-unit packaging to reduce carbon emissions
    • Reduce manuals or installation CDs shipped
    • Offer used boxes to campus community for personal storage
    • Utilize separate disposal containers for cardboard and Styrofoam
  3. Take advantage of power saving options
    • NYSERDA recommendations
    • Energy Star Compliance
    • Vendor of choice (Dell) has 80% efficient power supplies
    • Power efficient processors
    • Ultra Slims desktops have external power supply similar to laptops, producing less heat and operating more efficiently than a standard desktop. They also have fewer fans and run more quietly.
  4. Resell/recycle old computer equipment
  5. Promote option to reuse old laptop bags rather than purchase new
  6. Replace all old CRT displays with power efficient LCDs
  7. Educate St. Lawrence campus community on these efforts
    • Work with Sustainability Coordinator to communicate recommendations to the University
    • Turn computer off at night
    • Enable power management features on all University owned computers
    • Enable power management features to adhere NYSERDA recommendations on all student computers repaired in the IT setup room
    • Configure computer labs across campus to shut down at night
    • Deploy smart powerstrips for peripherals
    • "Smartstrips" prevent phantom load during the night and weekends when computers and peripherals (e.g. speakers, printers, monitors, scanners) are not in use

Updated by Information Technology June 2008